Unit #37 / 413 - James A. Garfield National Historic Site
While much of the National Park Service encompasses vistas and wild nature, as President Obama said during a 2015 site dedication, "Part of what we’re preserving here is also history. It’s also understanding that places that look ordinary are nothing but extraordinary. The places you live are extraordinary, which means you can be extraordin...
"What can't you do here?" Andy asked as we crossed over a glade of grass filled with weddings, runners, dogs, bikers, and--after hiking a one mile loop that includes two ecosystems--caves and a scenic overlook.
...and we drove past a golf course inside the National Park on the way to this diverse Shangri-La.
Unit #16 / 412 - First Ladies National Historic Site
Is it sad that when I heard the title of this national park, my initial thought was:
"I bet there will be lots of dresses."
The reason I felt guilt for such a thought likely has to do with my three older, incredibly feminist sisters who trained me well while growing up (you do not want to know what happened the first time I used the word "bitch" in...